Transplanted swift foxes appear to be doing well

Fort Peck, Montana (AP) 11-09

Authorities say most of the 30 swift foxes transplanted late last month to the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana have stayed in the area.

Leonard Bighorn, a wildlife technician for the reservation, says some of the foxes have moved farther east into the reservation.

Biologists hope to boost fox numbers by linking populations of the small predator in Canada, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Swift foxes only weigh about 5 pounds but can run up to 25 mph. Their diet consists of small mammals, such as rodents and rabbits.

The state as well as the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes are helping with the work that is being paid for with a a $247,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.